What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a neurological and developmental disorder. This is characterized by challenges with social skills, behaviors, speech and communication. Children with autism have difficulty with communicating and interacting with people. They experience a limit on patterns of behavior. ASD can begin as early as childhood and last throughout a person’s life.
1 out of every 68 children under the age 18 in the U.S. have some form of ASD. As many as 8,500 school-age children in Nevada have been diagnosed with autism. Many diagnosed children live in the Las Vegas valley area. Children with ASD need access to a program that offers many resources medically and educationally. Most kids with ASD do not qualify to participate in after-school activities or other resourceful programs because of the nature of their specialized needs.
It is assumed that children with ASD do not need to be exposed to social activities and environments because of their disorder. The cost to provide children with ASD a resourceful platform for their needs can be extremely costly at times. Nevada lacks available resources for children with autism.
As a parent of a child with autism, it can be exhausting to find the right resource, therapy and treatment in multiple places than one. RAD, making a Real Autism Difference was launched as a solution for families that experience challenges in finding the right place for their children. RAD envisions a community where every child with autism has access to education, care, activities and medical resources necessary to lead a happy and fulfilled life. The goal is to make a positive impact in the Las Vegas community every day.
RAD aims to expand on a community basis by developing programs that offer more for children with autism including:
- After-School Care
- Day-Camp Care
- Residential Summer CAMP
- Family Activities/Functions
Make a Real Autism Difference
Community members all over the Las Vegas area can make a difference. Join RAD in coming together as a community. Help build awareness and acceptance as well as getting involved in any way you can:
- Fundraiser Events
Explore RAD’s website for more information. Become a RAD member and make a Real Autism Difference!